Doctor Matt Stevens

Doctor Matt Stevens

Lecturer in Construction Management,
Construction Management

Biography

Dr Matt Stevens has a significant background in the construction industry over four decades and utilises this experience in research. He is the Principal Investigator on two current research grants 1) "Agile Transformation on a $15 billion Infrastructure Project" for the state of Victoria Government, Australia 2) "Transforming Design in a Giga Infrastructure Project: A Case Study by the Western Project Alliance, Melbourne Australia.

His research publications focus on the areas of Built Environment Innovation, University and Industry Collaboration, Design Transformation, Lean Construction and Agile Innovation Methodology. He has coached staff and student innovation teams, winning the 2019 Constructathon and placing in the finals of the 2020 COINS Grand Challenge and the 2021 GISU Innovation Competition. 

Stevens’s dissertation titled, "Impact of Key Management Practices on Overhead to Direct Cost Ratio for Specialty and Subcontractors". His research identified an extensive list of industry practices and correlated their impact on efficiency. He was able to identify best and worst practices for his sample of companies participating in the study. Furthermore, the research quantified the value of timely adherence to organisation accepted methods in the speciality contractors and subcontractors. This work has been a cornerstone and a starting point of his research.

His first textbook, Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day (McGraw-Hill, 416 pages) has been adopted by over two dozen colleges and universities in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  His latest textbook, The Construction MBA (McGraw Hill, 512 pages) is utilised by many of the same institutions. His third book, Understanding Australian Construction Contractors: a guide for emerging professionals (Routledge) is due out in 2022. He is the author and owner of 8 mobile computing applications helping transform the Built Environment in the areas of contractor productivity and worker safety. 

 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Stevens.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Florida
  • MBA Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
  • BSciCo Northeast Louisana University (USA)

Professional Memberships

  • Lean Construction Institute, NSW (2018 - 2019)
  • CIOB Global Student Challenge (2018 - 2019)
  • CharterNet Business Advisors R&D Scholarship Panel (2019 - 2019)
  • Constructathon 2019 at Google - Pyrmont (2019 - 2019)

Awards

  • Constructathon 2019 Winner 2019-08-24

Interests

  • Construction Education
  • Construction Organizational Effectiveness
  • Construction Productivity
  • Mass Customization in Construction
  • Smart Modern Construction
  • University-Industry Collaboration

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Construction Management

Committees

  • Centre For Smart Modern Construction
  • LaTTe Member

Contact

Email: N/A
Phone:
(02) 9685 4617
Mobile:
0402233573
Location: ED.G.123
ParramattaED.G.123
Parramatta

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300053 Professional Practice, 2020
  • 300727 Project Management, 2020
  • 301105 Negotiation in the Built Environment, 2020
  • 301158 Modern Construction Enterprises, 2020
  • 301159 Modern Construction Projects, 2020
  • 301195 Time and Quality Management, 2020

Publications

Books

  • Stevens, M. (2012), 'The Construction MBA: Practical Approaches to Construction Contracting', : McGraw-Hill 9780071763257.
  • Stevens, M. (2006), 'Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day', : McGraw-Hill Education 9780071479158.

Chapters in Books

  • Stevens, M. and Day, J. (2019), 'A construction management education focus and process direction : the power of focusing on four outcomes using formative teaching, learning, and assessment', Claiming Identity Through Redefined Teaching in Construction Programs, IGI Global 9781522584520.

Journal Articles

  • Tang, L., Griffith, L., Stevens, M. and Hardie, M. (2020), 'Social media analytics in the construction industry comparison study between China and the United States', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, vol 27, no 8 , pp 1877 - 1889.
  • Stevens, M. (2013), 'Managing Giga Projects: Advice from Those Who've Been There, Done That', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, vol 13, no 1 , pp 106 - 106.
  • Stevens, M. (2012), 'Construction Item Pricing for More Profit and Less Risk', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, vol 12, no 3 , pp 103 - 103.

Conference Papers

  • Stevens, M., Zhang, P. and Feng, Y. (2021), 'Case study : using gamification to teach construction management concepts and content', Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Conference, online.
  • Stevens, M. and Kirkland, B. (2021), 'Exploring the Grit personality in a construction management program', Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Conference, online.
  • Stevens, M. and London, K. (2019), 'Strengthening academic and industry collaboration for improved outcomes and impact : construction management sector centre model', CIB Congress, Hong Kong, China.
  • Stevens, M. and Noguchi, M. (2019), 'The challenges of mass customization for designing and constructing residential spaces', CIB Congress, Hong Kong, China.
  • Stevens, M. (2018), 'A formative approach to construction education', International Conference on Advancements in Engineering Education, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Stevens, M. (2015), 'Reducing variability of a valuable construction input : subcontractors', International Group on Lean Construction. Conference, Perth, W.A..
  • Stevens, M. (2014), 'Increasing adoption of lean construction by contractors', International Group for Lean Construction. Annual Conference, Oslo, Norway.

Dr Matt Stevens has a significant background in the construction industry over four decades and utilises this experience in research. He is the Principal Investigator on two current research grants 1) "Agile Transformation on a $15 billion Infrastructure Project" for the state of Victoria Government, Australia 2) "Transforming Design in a Giga Infrastructure Project: A Case Study by the Western Project Alliance, Melbourne Australia.

His research publications focus on the areas of Built Environment Innovation, University and Industry Collaboration, Design Transformation, Lean Construction and Agile Innovation Methodology. He has coached staff and student innovation teams, winning the 2019 Constructathon and placing in the finals of the 2020 COINS Grand Challenge. He is the author and owner of 11 mobile computing applications helping transform the Built Environment.

Stevens’s dissertation titled, "Impact of Key Management Practices on Overhead to Direct Cost Ratio for

Specialty Construction Contractors" explored and confirmed the value of timely adherence to organisation accepted methods in the largest sector of Built Environment firms – subcontractors. This work has been a cornerstone and a starting point of his research.

His first textbook, Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day (McGraw-Hill, 416 pages) has been adopted by over two dozen colleges and universities in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  His latest textbook, The Construction MBA (McGraw Hill, 512 pages) is utilised by many of the same institutions.

 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Stevens.

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Developing a Teamwork Framework for Improving the Safety Performance of Construction Workers
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Modelling Transferability of Safety to Construction Workers
Field of Research:

Media

Title: Australian construction multifactor productivity is the same in 1998 as in 2019: Why?
Description: Australian Construction Productivity needs to increase - we explain potential ways
Title: Organisational Culture: a forgotten contributor to organisational success
Description: Four management models that influence organisational culture
Title: Examining the Green Star Market in Australia
Description: An exploration of market forces and existing data
Title: Organisational Culture: A Forgotten Contributor to Organisational Success
Description: Explains Four Foundational Management Models Which Partially Form Cutlure
Title: The Great Conflict: Office versus Field
Description: Explains the natural conflict between office and field personnel and what can be done about it.
Title: Advice to Construction Cadets of 2019
Description: Industry lessons and observations for our next generation
Title: Nine Barriers to Construction Innovation
Description: Explanation of industry structural impediments to Built Environment solutions
Title: One of the Best Industries in Australia
Description: Explains 12 major factors that make construction a great career choice
Title: Project Return on Investment: a first principle
Description: Explanation of calculating return on investment for a project
Title: The Missing Link Between Planning and Scheduling: Forecasting
Description: The interative practice that gives outsised results
Title: Construction Project Cost to Complete Calculator
Description: Projects the Job Cost to Complete
Title: Construction Field Productivity Cost Calculator
Description: Recording and Cost Analysis of Construction Project Productivity and Forecasts It to the End of the Project
Title: Productivity Capture and Analysis
Description: Records and Analyzes Labor Productivity on a Construction Project
Title: Construction Breakeven Calculator
Description: Calculates the Breakeven Revenue for a Construction Firm
Title: Project Return on Investment Calculator
Description: Caculates the ROI for a Construction Project
Title: Job Size Overhead Calculator
Description: Applies Office Overhead to Project Cost by Size of Job Cost
Title: Dual Rate Overhead Calculator
Description: Applies Overhead Cost to Project Cost via Banking Data and Algorithms

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